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ofz in charlottes, north carolina today. >> and abc joins us live with more now. >> michelle obama will be taking center stage and campaign officials say she'll be a character witness for the president's decision making. >> she's considered the president's closer. and democrats hope tonight the first lady can deliver a winning sales pitch. mrs. obama is popular with a favoribility rating of nearly 70%. her husband, 50%. her prime time appearance provides an opportunity to reach out to the disappointed obama voters the one who's believe he hasn't fulfilled his promise of hope and change. >> the fact someone is likeable as michelle obama says barack obama is a good guy? that work autos it's a chance to appeal to women voters considered to be a key to victory in november. >> whatever i say here today, it's going to be at best a disstant second to the speech you will hear tonight from the star of the obama family, michelle obama. >> campaign aides say the first lady will speak about her husband's values and judgment and a personal way of doing it no politician or political advisor can.
things right now. president obama at the pentagon for a 9/11 memorial ceremony. we want to take threw. here's a live look arlington, virginia we just saw the president, first lady, defense secretary panetta arrive at an easel that was set up and have a moment of silence at a wreath hung there the president and leon panetta, also the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff will make remark there is. for now you see the crowd and the flag hanging from the pfpbt gone behind the group. another live look now -- ground zero in new york city. family members reading all 2977 names of the people who killed in the twin towers. they began the hours long process, 30, 40 minutes ago. for the first time no politicians are going to participate following that theme, president obama and mitt romney have pulled their negative ad campaigns for the day. let's listen in now live as some of those names are read. . christine eagan, michael eagan. samantha martin eagan. lisa karen airwick. >> reporter: this process will go on for hours this morning. about 45 minutes ago at -- [ inaudible ] the president and fi
. there will be a moment of silence at 5:46, our time that will be the first event this morning. president obama will be attending a ceremony at the pentagon. vice president biden is expected to speak at the flight 93 national memorial near shanksville, pennsylvania. into flight was en route to san francisco, when it crashed. in new york city, this time this is different, only relatives will be speaking at today's ceremonies monies. no politicians will be addressing the gathering, -- >>> it is difficult to find peace and quiet time to celebrate my son. >> i think everybody wants to remember 9/11. we need of our privacy too. >> four and a half million people have visited the 9/11 memorial since it opened last year. here in san francisco coit tower lit up in red, white and blue in honor of the fallen. >> the san francisco fire department is inviting the public to its remembrance ceremony. every year all 43 san francisco fire stations holder is monies for those who died on 9/11, special remembering their brothers. a minute of silence observed and the names of the 343 new york city firefighters who
the damage on friday. president obama is scheduled to be there on monday. but neither is slowing their campaign down, as governor romney tries to capitalize on his convention momentum. but there are new questions this morning about that bizarre clint eastwood speech. it's "your voice, your vote." and reena ninan leads off our campaign coverage from washington. hi, reena. >> reporter: hi, dan. good morning to you. 66 days before the election began, team romney wasted no time. going straight to battleground states, convincing voters why there needs to be new leadership in the white house. >> governor mitt romney. >> reporter: just hours after leaving tampa, mitt romney and paul ryan hit the trail hard, driving their convention messages home. >> i want to make sure that every person in this country that wants a job can find one. >> reporter: romney, remaining positive, pushing his economic agenda. >> time to give someone new a chance. hold us accountable. >> what a great convention, huh? >> reporter: ryan, who took on president obama in his primetime speech, continued his role as at
. . >> -- president obama and the first lady laid a wreath at the gone. closer to home shining show of honor from san francisco firefighters. one of many ceremonies in the bay area to mark this anniversary. good morning i'm kristen sze. >>> and i'm cheryl jennings. observances took place in union city to remember passengers on flight 93 on its way to san francisco from new jersey. a large crowd gathered in shanksville, pennsylvania near a wall which holds the name of the passengers and crew who died. passengers took hold of terrorists before it crashed in what used to be a field. katie, you talked to a woman who lost her mother? >> reporter: i did her name is carol o'hare and her mother 79-year-old moving from new jersey to danville, to live with her. carol says 11 years later the anniversary is like reliving that day. from song to silence memorial service in union city honors passengers and crew of san francisco bound flight 93. >> christian adams, todd beamer. >> reporter: carol o'hare of danville lost her mother 11 years ago today. >> i woke up to a happy day my mother was moving from california t
: the showdown pits the powerful teachers union against the chicago mayor. president obama's former chief of staff, rahm emanuel. >> this is a strike of choice, and it's the wrong choice for our children, and it's not necessary. >> reporter: city officials launched an emergency plan, opening 144 schools for a half day to serve kids breakfast, lunch, and to keep them busy. the strike has left thousands of parents in a crunch. this woman scrambled to rearrange her schedule to pick her kids up early, the strike and the soaring murder rate is what most bothers her. >> with kids on the street, something might happen to our children. >> we say fight back! >> reporter: chicago teachers are fighting for better pay and benefits. but the sticking point is a new plan to base teacher evaluations in part on how well their students score on standardized tests. the unions argue that would put teachers at a disadvantage and possibly cost them their jobs. >> we feel that would destroy the curriculum, threaten the profession. >> reporter: these contract talks are being closely watched around the country. b
.last of those it was december 1, 2009, at west point, that president obama announced the surge. >> and as commander-in-chief i have determined it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 u.s. troops to afghanistan. >> reporter: at that time he also announced a schedule for their withdrawal, a goal that has now been met. 33,000 u.s. troops took part in the surge. 10,000 of them were out by july of last year. and the remaining 23,000 are now gone. but in his statement, the defense secretary had a sobering reminder saying, "it is important to underscore that even as our surge troops return home, there are roughly 68,000 americans who remain in a tough fight in afghanistan, alongside their nato and afghan partners. we are a nation at war." the human toll of the surge was tremendous. of the almost 2,000 u.s. casualties in afghanistan, 57% happened during the surge. now those who remain face the die-hard insurgents and the growing threat of insider attacks. the deadline to bring the final american troops home is still 2014. muhammad leila, abc news, kabul. zbhoo
the side of the building before yesterday's ceremony. president obama and the first lady, attended, laying a wreath to honor the victims. echoing a theme of the day, he seemed to look more forward than back. >> somewhere a son is growing up with his father's eyes and a daughter has her mother's laugh, living reminders that those who died are with us still. >> the president also sclamed that the nation is safer now than before the attacks. and in recognition of the anniversary, both mr. obama and mitt romney pulled their negative ads off of the air yesterday. just -- >> a live picture now of the world trade center. >> mm-hmm. like i said -- >> there it is. that's an unbelievable sight. >> you've been to new york. and it's hard to really get the gravity of the situation and really empathize if you are not here -- and i know i have been in the midwest my entire life for the past 11 years. actually being here on the anniversary, very -- it's a totally different feeling. >> no doubt about that. that picture says it all. the two beams of light. where the twin towers were. look at that magnificen
. >>> a brand-new abc news/"washington post" poll out now, that shows president obama getting a bounce now. and we also have some surprising new questions which gives insight as to why president obama may be pulling ahead and where romney's opportunities might lie. >>> also today, what a night, everybody, for tennis. andy murray winning his first grand slam in an epic match. one of the longest in tennis history. and 007, sean connery, was there, as predicted, to cheer on his fellow scot. >>> let's get to josh and the news. this frightening 9/11 report. >>> yeah, we're going to get to that in just a moment, george. from first, new york, to washington to pennsylvania and all across the country, millions paused this morning to remember the lives lost seven years ago today. [ bell tolls ] >> the bells ringing at ground zero where a moment of silence marked the moment the two planes struck the world trade center towers. the names of the victims are being read aloud. meanwhile, at the white house, the president and mrs. obama also stood in silence early this morning. the president speaking at a
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